What are the “Ten Crucial Days?” 

In December 1776, a mere six months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, General George Washington's fledgling American Army and the cause of liberty were on the verge of being extinguished. A disastrous New York campaign that fall had resulted in the loss of more than half of Washington’s troops, as well as the confidence of Congress and his fellow citizens. Retreating through “the Jerseys” with the remnants of his ragtag Continentals, Washington and his soldiers sought refuge on the west bank of the Delaware River, having narrowly escaped King George III's British troops and their Hessian auxiliaries. Doubling as peace commissioners, British General William Howe and his brother, Royal Navy Admiral Sir Richard Howe, reasoned that further bloodshed was unnecessary. They assumed that the rebellious American soldiers—many of whose enlistments were scheduled to expire at year's end—would no longer be able to offer any significant resistance. Settling into winter quarters, General Howe ordered his regiments to set up a string of cantonments posted through the Jerseys.  

George Washington saw something very different... Taking stock of his army’s desperate situation, the rebel commander-in-chief would launch his forces into a series of victorious engagements, of which British historian Sir George Otto Trevelyan later wrote, “It may be doubted whether so small a number of men ever employed so short a space of time with greater and more lasting effects upon the history of the world.” That space of time—December 25, 1776 to January 3, 1777—encompassed “Ten Crucial Days” that changed the course of history.

Do something revolutionary! Experience the “Ten Crucial Days.”

Upcoming Events

Musket Firing Demonstrations Begin this Month

May 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Park historians Clay Craighead and Mark Sirak will begin doing Musket firing demonstrations on April 13th at 2pm!Musket demos will occur on most Saturdays (staffing and weather permitting) at 2pm…

Historic Trades Demonstrations

May 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come and witness some of the trades and crafts practiced at Pennsbury Manor during the 17th century. Our blacksmiths, joyners, and spinners will be eager to talk to you about…

Trail Stewards Work Day

May 8 @ 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
201 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd
Titusville, NJ United States

Trail Stewards meet at the Park’s Nature Center under the enthusiastic direction of Park employee Kevin Kavanaugh, clearing trails, removing brush, and constructing water bars and other trail necessities. You…

WCPA Board of Trustees Meeting

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Weekly Living History Programs

May 10 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

Join us for a series of Living History programs that we will be conducting in the park on Fridays in April – June, and then Fridays and Saturdays in July…

Trail Stewards Work Day

May 11 @ 8:45 am - 10:45 am
201 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd
Titusville, NJ United States

Trail Stewards meet at the Park’s Nature Center under the enthusiastic direction of Park employee Kevin Kavanaugh, clearing trails, removing brush, and constructing water bars and other trail necessities. You…

Musket Firing Demonstrations Begin this Month

May 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Park historians Clay Craighead and Mark Sirak will begin doing Musket firing demonstrations on April 13th at 2pm! Musket demos will occur on most Saturdays (staffing and weather permitting) at…

Living History Theater

May 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What concerns did parents in the 17th century have in regard to their older children? Discuss the issues of raising children with William and Hannah Penn. This program is included…

Lecture – “A Revolutionary Friendship: Washington, Jefferson, and the American Republic”

May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
PA United States

This is a hybrid event.  Visitors may attend in-person in the Visitor Center Auditorium or virtually on Zoom.  Registration is required.  Log-in information provided at registration. In partnership with the…